The 2013 Academy Awards luncheon: Who said what, and who is getting 'wasted'

By Christopher Rosa,

The annual Academy Awards luncheon was on Monday, and the fabulous glitterati in attendance talked Oscar shop.

BBC reports stars like Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, and Robert DeNiro showed up to talk about their nominated films and Oscar morning rituals.

However, perhaps the biggest news at the luncheon was Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announcing they plan to cut out the “boring parts” of the ceremony, The Associated Press reports. There are many 15 to 30 second moments in the show that bog down the flow of the ceremony, causing the night to drag on for almost four hours.

"You start adding up those 30 seconds, and you have an accumulation of time that you can use for entertainment. So that's what we're doing. We're learning a lot about the things that we don't need in the show," Zadan said. "The main goal is to honor the nominees and the winners. And then beside that, there's a lot of pregnant pauses that you get in the show. ... We've scooped out a lot of those pauses and created more time for performance and entertainment."

That entertainment includes performances from Adele, Barbara Streisand, Norah Jones, and a James Bond tribute.

Adding to the entertainment is the show’s host this year, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane, responsible for last summer’s Ted, is known for his outlandish humor. However, Zadan and Meron are not worried MacFarlane will go too far.

“Seth is Seth, and love him,” Meron said matter-of-factly.

As for the nominees, big topics of discussion at the lunch table were fashion and pre-show rituals.

Jennifer Lawrence touched on both topics, saying, “The night of the Oscars, everybody just gets wasted and has a blast.” On her evening attire, Lawrence reveals, "This year, I'm like, 'No, suck it up. Wear a corset.' So yeah, I'm going to go for fashion this time."

One actress that surprisingly has not decided what she will be wearing on Oscar night is fashion staple Anne Hathaway. The Les Miserables nominee confirmed she is still choosing between looks.

"Yeah, I need to get on that, don't I?" Hathaway said. "It was the Super Bowl. I couldn't think about dresses with all that delicious fried food around."

The Academy Awards will be on Sunday, Feb. 24.



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